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Despite some rather significant bumps along the road in 2011, many asset classes are now well into positive territory on a one year trailing basis as January draws to a close, riding high thanks to a strong finish to last year and start to 2012. Included on that list are a number of leveraged ETFs that seek to amplify exposure to various asset classes, highlighting the potential to use these products to capture attractive returns over extended periods of time [see also Leveraged ETFs FAQs].

That might come as a bit of a surprise to some investors, as there remains a bit of a misconception over the performance attributes of leveraged ETPs that are held for multiple months. While there exists the potential for “return erosion” related to the resets of exposure in volatile markets, it is certainly possible for leveraged products to deliver big returns when held throughout any type of market.  [click to continue…]

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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we profiled the top performing ETFs in more than 60 ETFdb Categories covering all major asset classes. ETFs that launched in 2010 were excluded, as were those that stopped trading during the year [for more ETF insights, sign up for our free ETF newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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ETF Tax Efficiency Report Card

by on December 22, 2010 | Updated April 25, 2013

When rattling off the advantages that ETFs hold compared to traditional actively-managed mutual funds, most investors usually start with the issue of expenses. The easiest comparison to make involves expense ratios, the fees charged by ETF and mutual fund companies for investing in a product. Though some mutual funds offer single-digit expense ratios, most actively […]

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Direxion announced the expansion of its fixed income product line on Thursday with the launch of two leveraged ETFs targeting a short-term Treasury index. The Direxion Daily 2-Year Treasury Bull 3x Shares (TWOL) seeks 300% of the daily performance of the NYSE Arca Current 2-Year U.S. Treasury Index, a benchmark that consists of the most […]

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ProShares made an addition to its line of leveraged fixed income products on Thursday, launching the Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury (UST) and Ultra 20+ Year Treasury (UBT). UST seeks daily investment results that correspond to 200% of the daily performance of the Barclays Capital 7-10 Year U.S. Treasury Index, while UBT will seek to deliver […]

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ProShares, a pioneer in the leveraged ETF industry, is planning to expand its product platform with the introduction of two new Treasuries-linked leveraged ETFs. The proposed funds are:

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